What if My Car Accident Injuries Appear Late?
June 8th, 2022
Car accidents are traumatizing for those who experience them. Whether a fender bender or a more serious accident, there is a lot of force involved when a vehicle has been in a collision. Most of the time the injuries are felt immediately but there are situations when they appear a long time after the accident. At FitzGerald Law Company, we can represent those who have sustained injuries as a result of an accident, regardless of when they appear.
It is always important to see a doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible after an accident. Prompt access to the correct medical treatment can improve your chances of a complete recovery and may reduce the time it takes for your body to heal.
It is also important to properly document your injuries in order to make a claim for compensation with the responsible party or their insurance company and medical records may serve this purpose as well.
Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury is an injury in which damage is done to parts of the body not including a bone, and this type of injury can include damage to tendons, ligaments and muscles. Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, are frequently sustained by a person involved in a car accident. Occasionally the adrenalin that is naturally released by a person’s body in reaction to an event like a car accident will act to mask a soft tissue injury, and it is not until later when the adrenalin has worn off that the actual pain from the injury becomes apparent. Sometimes the symptoms of the injury appear mild immediately after the accident but then become increasingly severe. Proper medical treatment is important at the first sign of pain or discomfort.
Concussions are another common injury suffered by individuals in a car accident and they can be serious. There have been instances when the symptoms of a concussion do not appear or are not noticeable immediately, as they can be more subtle.
Common symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty remembering things
- Lack of energy
- Abnormal sleep patterns
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Schedule A Legal Consultation With a Boston Personal Injury Attorney Today
When you have been involved in a car accident and have suffered injuries as a result, it is important that you hire legal counsel as soon as possible. In Massachusetts, you may have three years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit but there are many instances in which the deadline is less than three years. (See M.G.L. Chapter 260 § 2A). Sometimes the injuries that show up later as a result of an accident can be long-term, and may require substantial time to heal with treatments, physical therapy or even surgery.
At FitzGerald Law Company, we can help you to file a personal injury claim and get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help, call (617)303-2600 today. We serve Boston, East Boston, Malden, Everett, Revere, Saugus, Lynn, Cambridge, Somerville, Quincy, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, Newton, Waltham, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, and all of the communities in and surrounding Massachusetts.